The Blue Lagoon is one of the most beautiful and most popular attractions in Iceland. Looking at its turquoise-hued waters, it’s easy to see why. Watching the bathers’ heads bob up and down as steam rises from the surface of the water makes you want to jump in head-first. There’s even a hotel nearby for people visiting Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa. But before you put on your bathing suit and swim cap, there are a few of things you need to know. Here’s our guide to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, including essential information, spa etiquette and tips for first-timers.

Iceland's Blue Lagoon Spa - A must do for your Nordic vacation

What is it? 

While many people think this is a natural wonder, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is actually man-made. The superheated mineral-rich water flows from the ground nearby. After passing through the Svartsengi geothermal plant, the water is then redirected to fill the Lagoon. The water is constantly being circulated and refilled, so you’ll always have fresh water.

Where it’s located 

The geothermal spa is located in the lava fields of Grindavik, which is part of Reykjanes Peninsula. It takes about 20 minutes by car to reach the Blue Lagoon from Keflavik airport and around 40 minutes from the city of Reykjavik. You can also choose to extend your stay by spending a night at the Silica Hotel. This relatively new accommodation option is located about a 10-minute walk from the Blue Lagoon.

Couple getting on airport shuttle bus to go to Iceland's Blue Lagoon

How to arrive

You can either rent a car to drive there or purchase a ticket on one of the shuttles from the airport or your hotel. There are many tour operators that run this route. If you’re coming from the airport, the Blue Lagoon has a storage area for your luggage, so don’t worry about storing your suitcases. What we absolutely do not recommend is coming by taxi. It’s extremely expensive and you should save your hard-earned money for a relaxing massage instead.

Beneficial properties of the water

The silica-and-sulfur-infused waters are known for their healing properties. They have been used to treat various skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema as well as toning skin. They will definitely do a number on your locks, however, so be sure to pack a swim cap and use it. Or at least put your hair up and try not to get it wet. You don’t want to leave with crunchy hair!

Rules of etiquette 

Iceland has a bathing culture and as such, there are a few widely accepted rules of etiquette that have developed. Everyone wants to relax, have a good time, be respectful, and be respected. Make sure you always take off your shoes and always shower before entering. Use soap and be sure to scrub everywhere. Yes, that’s right, everywhere. Many times this will entail showering in the nude but fear not. People in Iceland are perfectly comfortable with nudity and you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Once you’ve showered, be sure to dry off completely so that you don’t leave the floor wet and slippery for others. In and around the pool itself, don’t run or mess around. People came to relax, so let them do just that.

Shower head with water - You have to shower and follow other etiquette rules at Iceland's Blue Lagoon

How to Buy Tickets, Booking in Advance and Other Tips 

You can buy Blue Lagoon tickets there, but we actually recommend reserving in advance. Why wait in line when you can book ahead online and spend more time soaking in the restorative waters of one of Iceland’s most popular attractions? Tickets can be purchased on the Blue Lagoon website. It should be noted that ticket prices are going to be slightly higher during the high season of June, July and August.

We hope you’ve found this guide to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon helpful! They have massages and spa treatments that take place both indoors and outside. You can even get a massage in the water. Enjoy your day of pampering and be sure to tip your masseuse!

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